A terrific hands-on, small-group activity to help students explore the events that make up the plot of William Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar.
This is an after-reading activity. File includes adaptations for struggling learners and for more advanced learners, as well as suggestions for possible extensions on the lesson.
This is a melded adaptation of two well-known Project CRISS(sm) strategies: pattern puzzles and power-thinking. In power-thinking, students are encouraged to sort and categorize information in order to make sense of it by learning to differentiate between major ideas and the smaller details that support those ideas. In pattern puzzles, students are encouraged to make sense of material they have been learning by putting them in proper sequence.
This activity requires students to (a) place all of the plot events for the play Julius Caesar in the correct act [that's the power-thinking part], and then (b) put the events for each act in the correct sequence [that's the pattern puzzle part].